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3235 Lombardy Ln, Dallas, TX

OBITUARY

Brian J. Baldwin, M.D.

September 23, 1938October 30, 2019
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Brian Jay Baldwin, M.D., age 81, of Dallas, Texas, died at home on October 30, 2019, surrounded by his family who loved him very much.

Brian Jay Baldwin set the truest example of a life well-lived. He was honorable and loyal and the best of men. He was born September 23, 1938, in Schenectady, NY, the oldest of 3 sons, to the late John J. (Zeke) and Helene (Leahy) Baldwin. Raised in Bethesda, MD, Brian graduated from St. John’s College High School in 1956. He received a B.A. in Biological Sciences from George Washington University in 1960 and his M.D. from the University of Maryland in 1965, where he was Editor of the Student AMA Newspaper, Chapter President and Regional VP of the Student AMA, and President of the Nu Sigma Nu medical fraternity. Dr. Baldwin did his post-graduate residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Maryland from 1965-1967, followed by a Cardiology fellowship at Emory University/Grady Memorial Hospital from 1967-1970. From 1970-1972, Dr. Baldwin practiced cardiology at Wilford Hall USAF Hospital in San Antonio, TX, earning the rank of major. Upon discharge from the Air Force, Dr. Baldwin began his cardiology practice at St. Paul Hospital in Dallas, TX, in 1972, transitioning to UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2015, where he remained on staff until 2019.

Dr. Baldwin had a long and distinguished career in medicine. He was a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, American College of Cardiology, American College of Chest Physicians, Clinical Council of Cardiology (American Heart Association), and Laennec Society. He served as Chief of Staff at St. Paul Hospital, President of the Dallas Division of the American Heart Association, and was a Clinical Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) at UT Southwestern Medical School. In 1988, Dr. Baldwin was 1 of 2 physicians chosen to establish the heart and lung transplant program at St. Paul Hospital. He was Chief of Cardiology at St. Paul Hospital from 1992-2005 and recipient of the Aesculapius Award for excellence in teaching. In addition, Dr. Baldwin served as team physician to the Jesuit College Preparatory School football team from 1980-1995. “Doc” or “Dr. B”, as he was often called, touched the lives of many through his compassion and care in their times of medical need, and he continued to care for his patients until the time of his death.

Brian was a renaissance man. He was the epitome of a lifelong learner and had many hobbies. He loved to read, especially autobiographies of U.S. Presidents. Brian was an avid gardener and loved mowing his lawn and lawns, in general. He could sometimes be seen driving down Inwood Road on his John Deere riding mower to mow his daughter’s lawn after he finished his own. Brian anticipated the arrival of the Purple Martins each spring, and he could name every type of native Texas tree, insisting they be trimmed properly. He was famous for showing up with a chainsaw when one of his children purchased a home. Brian began painting in 2005 and won awards for his landscapes. He loved classical music, especially Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. If you attend his funeral, he will expect you to sing loudly. Brian was a numismatist and expert on U.S. large cents and U.S. Bust Half Dollars. He was a long-time member of Bent Tree Country Club, always striving to improve his golf game. He loved Johnny Unitas, Henny Youngman one-liners, bread pudding, and dogs, particularly his German Shepherds—Beau, Toby and Buddy. Brian was a storyteller extraordinaire. His secret was to begin laughing at the start of the storytelling which only made the stories funnier. He never forgot a name, including those of his patients and their family members.

Brian loved spending time with his grandchildren. He truly knew each of them—what they were interested in and their hopes and dreams. He leaves behind a closet full of collegiate gear from each of his grandchildren’s alma maters. Go Cougars, Horned Frogs, Irish, Mean Green, Razorbacks, Tigers, Trojans, Wildcats and Yellow Jackets! Brian was dearly loved by his family and will be sorely missed.

Brian was a devout Catholic and, after God, he loved his family (even more than he loved being a physician). Brian married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Peggy Boone, on November 26, 1960, and together they raised 4 children. Brian is survived by Peggy and their children: Meg Baldwin Squiers and her husband, Jay, of Dallas; Kathy Baldwin Sears, M.D., of Dallas; Brian J. Baldwin, Jr. and his wife, Susan, of Aubrey, TX; and Beth Baldwin Hagewood and her husband, Bob, of Dallas. Brian is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren: Jack Squiers, M.D., his wife, Cristina, and their 3 children (Lucy, Ana and Henry); Kate Squiers, M.D.; Will Squiers; Tom Sears; Amy Sears; Whit Sears; Bobbie Lauren Baldwin; Maddie Baldwin and her husband, Austin Carr; Jake Baldwin; Jack Hagewood; and Ellie Hagewood. Finally, Brian is survived by his brother, Sean Baldwin and his wife, Lynn, of Troy, NY; his sister-in-law Susan Baldwin of Williamsburg, VA; and 18 nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Brian is preceded in death by his brother, Kevin Baldwin.

The Baldwin Family would like to thank those who helped cared for our dad, especially Vitaly Margulis, M.D., Hugh McClung, M.D., and Suzanne Cole, M.D. We are truly grateful.

A Funeral Mass celebrating Brian’ s life will be held at St. Rita Catholic Church on Tuesday, November 12th, at 1:00 p.m. His cremated remains will be buried in a private service at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

In honor of Brian’s life’s work as a cardiologist, in lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Southwestern Medical Foundation in support of the Brian J. Baldwin, M.D. Heart and Lung Transplant Fund at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Memorial contributions may be mailed to 3889 Maple Avenue, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75219 or made online at https://swmedical.org/makeagift.

Services

  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • Inurnment Service Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Memories

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Kelly Johnson

November 14, 2019

Dr. Baldwin will always be remembered. He will be remembered with much fondness by all of us who worked with him over the years. Dr. Baldwin was a fine man, and a noble man. He was a man of integrity. I will remember Dr. Baldwin with affection. For his genuine sincerity and for his kindness. For his cheerfulness, for his jovial nature. For his dedication to, and his intense interest, in his patients. I will miss my telephone conversations with him, those long, philosophical discussions that covered everything from ethics in healthcare to behavioral responses to illness to the changes in medicine over the years. And, of course, there were always anecdotal stories and factual points of interest that he would throw into each conversation, these were lively exchanges that I enjoyed very much.

Each week, as we all sat in the transplant dictation room , Dr. Baldwin would talk of his family, of his wife, Peggy, of his children, his grandchildren and his great grandchildren. He would proudly announce the many academic achievements of his grandchildren, proclaiming with such adoration, the many details of their feats and accomplishments. We could hear the pride in his voice, and we could sense the importance that each person in his family had in his life. We heard of the birth of each great grandchild. Many years ago, we learned of Jack’s pie-making endeavors, and, as well, a few years back, at the time of Dr. Baldwin’s hospital admission for his surgery, we learned of Kathy’s fierce advocacy as she looked after him in the hospital, and ensured that everything was in order with his care.

In closing, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to his family. I know that you all loved this beautiful man with all your heart and soul. Please take solace now in the fact that he touched all of us at UT so very profoundly, and that we will never, ever forget him.

Betty Berger

November 12, 2019

I am deeply saddened over this news. Of all the doctors I have worked with over the years Dr. Baldwin stands out at the top of the list. He will be greatly missed by so many people. I have known and worked with him off and on for over forty years. He was an extraordinary person, and one of the best and most compassionate doctors I have had the pleasure of working with. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family.

Marsha Novak Weaver

November 12, 2019

Dr Baldwin and I shared a common bond in our love of food, and trying to get the weight off that comes with the territory.
I worked with Him in the cath lab at St Paul, admired him for being so down to earth kind of Guy. His prescence in a room was comforting. I'll never forget his concern that I was marrying a good guy.
I hope there is Blue Bell in Heaven for us all!!

melinda primeaux

November 11, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Baldwin's passing. He was a great physician and a dear friend. We always used to celebrate our birthdays together when Pat Kaiser was alive. She adored him as well. Now they are together in Heaven. My father also sends his sympathy. He took care of my Dad when He had triple by pass. I'll never forget when we were in the waiting room and Dr. Baldwin came out to give us an update. My Aunt didn't come over and I got a little irritated at her and asked her why. She said she didn't know He was a Dr. because He sat down with us and spent so much time with us. That's they way He was. Not pretentious , just kind to everyone He met. Oh and He would like it if I said great golfer....

John & Pam Lowe

November 10, 2019

Dr. Brian Baldwin was John’s doctor for 31 years, 11 years before heart transplant and 20 years after transplant. I will never forget Dr. B calling me out of John’s room to tell me that John was being transplanted that night. He always listened to our concerns and helped us. It didn’t matter if John’s problems were heart related or not. Many times he would call and we talked to him on our speaker phone at home. He was a special person and will be greatly missed. He saved John’s life 4 times. It was a pleasure to share stories about our families. Thank you Dr. B.
John & Pam Lowe


Kathy LEUCK

November 10, 2019

I first met Dr Baldwin ( BJ) in 1976 when I began working at St Paul Medical Center as an RN, initially on telemetry then CCU. There is so much to be said about the man: funny, very intelligent, caring. He pushed all that worked directly with him to be better, learn more , work harder and above all, to put the patient/family first. Each of us has a favorite " BJ story" that would have us laughing and wondering " is this for real"??!! I know I would have never run a 5K race at Six Flags ( > 40 years ago) if not for him! Though I have not seen him for many years, I have thought of him often. To Peggy and kids, know that you were the center of his world and that all of us that knew him over the years have many fond memories of family stories. Such a privilege to have known and worked along side him.

Bob and Linda Knight

November 9, 2019

I was privileged to be a patient of Dr. Baldwin for many years. By the grace of God, through his brilliant diagnostic abilities and cardio vascular expertise coupled with his compassionate heart and unique brand of humor, he inspired my and my wife Linda with hope and confidence as I went from the dark diagnosis of two months to live, through months with an LVAD and now 20 years (and continuing) of a quality life.

Dr Baldwin's faith in God with the love and support of his family transformed his "work" into a true ministry, blessing us and many others! He will be sorely missed. We are praying for you to sense God's strong presence and know He will supply all your needs.

God bless you, Bob and Linda Knight

Harry Bartley

November 6, 2019

What a wonder guy. Great doctor and great friend. He was always so helpful to so many. He will be missed by all of us who had the benefit of his medical knowledge, his friendly caring personality and his sense of humor. God bless that good man.

Debbie Comeaux

November 5, 2019

Dr. B, the best, no other like him. He has a very special place in my heart and I am sure that my husband, Mel, has greeted him , waiting at those pearly white gates, with opened arms. Big hug, Dr. B.

Lea Helms, RN

November 5, 2019

What an honor and privilege to work along side such a extraordinary person for the past 20 years. The lives that Dr. B touched, saved, and extended (including my own twice) is countless.
He earned his angel wings long ago.
No more pain my friend.

Lea Helms, RN

FROM THE FAMILY